Monotropism

Author: Fergus

  • Translating this site

    If you’re potentially interested in translating any of the materials on this site into your own language, please sign up here! Reaching an international audience is a high priority for me (Fergus). In much of the world, non-autistic specialists dominate the discourse around autism even more than they do in the English-speaking world. This is […]

  • Theory Vs Trait

    Originally a Twitter thread. I want to talk a bit about Monotropism as a theory of autism vs. monotropism as a cognitive trait. The first thing to say is that it was always both: the trait was identified because it seemed to explain so much about autistic experience. Dinah Murray (that’s my mum) started thinking […]

  • Audio: podcasts etc.

    For those who like to take things in through their ears, here’s a collection of audio-only resources relating to monotropism. If we’re missing any, please let us know!

  • Wenn & Fergus on the Autism Stories podcast + questionnaire poster

    Recently Wenn Lawson and Fergus Murray were interviewed by Doug Blecher for the Autism Stories podcast. Wenn, Dinah and Fergus all previously appeared in separate episodes. Meanwhile, preliminary results of the previously discussed monotropism questionnaire have been announced: according to this measure, autistic people overwhelmingly tend to be substantially more monotropic than the general population. ADHDers are also more […]

  • Aucademy Live on Monotropism

    On Saturday (2022-07-02) Fergus Murray, Tanya Adkin, Chloe Farahar and Ben Usher-Barrass discussed monotropism on Aucademy for a little over an hour and a half. It was a wide-ranging discussion, covering (among other things) an introduction to the theory, a lot about the practical applications, why it’s taken so long for substantial research to get […]

  • Questionnaire Presentation

    The Edinburgh University questionnaire received an overwhelming response – more than 1,100 usable respondents, 700+ autistic ones. Valeria Garau will be reporting on the results in a poster presentation on the 13th of July between 13:00 and 13:45 BST at the Autistica Research Festival (which runs from the 11th-15th of July). Edit: download a PDF […]

  • Monotropism Research Roundup (Tweet Thread)

    Most weeks now, there’s new research published talking about autism in terms of monotropism: a tendency to concentrate attention, and have relatively few interests aroused at a time. A lot of autistic people feel this explains our experience better than any other theory. Thread:

  • Monotropism survey study

    Valeria Garau, a Masters student at the University of Edinburgh supervised by Sue Fletcher-Watson, is conducting research to develop and evaluate a self-report measure of monotropism: a set of survey questions developed by members of the ‘Interest System’ Google Group. Edit: download a PDF of a poster presenting the first results here. Her questionnaire is […]

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